[WASHINGTON, George] The Constitutional Telegraph, Vol. 1, no.26, 28 September 1799. Boston: Samuel S. Parker, 28 December 1799.
Folio, 500 x 314mm. (19 x 12 in.), 4 pages. Deckle edges preserved. Disbound, small sewing holes where once bound, lightly browned, very slight spotting, mainly to margins. Printed four columns to the page with narrow black printed borders, masthead in large letters at top of page 1. In very fine, unrestored condition. Small contemporary ink note "Hudson Godwin" (the Hartford publishers) at top of page 1.
CONTEMPORARY NEWSPAPER REPORT OF THE DEATH OF GEORGE WASHINGTON
The death of George Washington "called forth a spectacle of universal grief which was remarkable in its magnitude even by modern standards" (J.A. Carroll & M.W. Ashworth, George Washington: First In Peace, p.648). Occupying several columns on page 3 are reports and proclamations reflecting on the man, his acheivements, and his passing, which took place at Mount Vernon on the 14th. These include President John Adams' Message to Congress, transmitting a brief notice from Tobias Lear: "It is with inexpressible grief that I have to announce to you the death of the great and good General Washington...With perfect resignation, and a full possession of his reason. he closed his well spent life"; a message from Secretary of War McHenry regarding funeral observances by the military, directing that they wear black armbands for six months; a long essay on Washington signed "Sewall"; a resolution in Congress by John Marshall establishing a committee to formulate "the most suitable manner of paying honor to the memory of the man first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his country." (quoting the famous eulogy of Henry Lee, delivered in Philadelphia on 26 December, which had already become proverbial)
One of only three recorded copies of this historic newspaper (the other two are in the Library of Congress and American Antiquarian Society).